West Ham's best academy graduates of all time: From Declan Rice to Bobby Moore, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard

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West Ham have consistently punched above their weight when it comes to their youth academy. Despite being based in London, a fiercely competitive footballing hotbed, the Hammers have a reputation for producing superior players to many of their better-resourced rivals in the capital.

The supporters are proud of this fact too, and one of the key tenets of the fabled 'West Ham Way' is the club's commitment to trusting youth from what they dub 'The Academy of Football'.

And so as their current crop of Under-18s prepare to face Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup final, GOAL lists off some of the most successful graduates of the Hammers' academy...